v. Marvel et al.
filed in 2007, Gary Friedrich sued Marvel for infringing upon a character, Ghost Rider, that he
created for the publisher.
summary judgment, dismissing the case and holding that Marvel had ownership of
the character. Furthermore, the court
found that Friedrich had infringed upon Marvel’s copyright and he was ordered
to pay $17,000 in damages for profits from the sale of merchandise. The court claimed that it was unnecessary to
look at whether the initial relationship was a work-for-hire relationship or
not because there were two specific instances when Friedrich signed over rights
and the case has since been remanded to the District Court for trial. A status conference was held on June 27,
2013, to establish how the case will proceed.
As always, as the case progresses, we will update accordingly.